A pianist, composer and representative of the Russian Piano School, he is present today in Bogota with children and young pianists during concert symphonic Piano Festival concerts.
Alexander Peskanov wrote six books on Russian piano technique. / Courtesy
What does it mean for you that 30 young pianists aged 4 to 16 are responsible for interpreting the most representative compositions?
Even when the pianist plays one of my compositions, it is a special moment in my life. Now, when 30 young soloists play my concerts with an orchestra, it is the biggest award a composer can receive. I feel honored that this year I am a composer in Symphonic Keys. I am very grateful for my cooperation with Juliana Reina Téllez, a very talented and ingenious composer and orchestra.
What is the difference between Russian technology and others to play the piano?
The Russian school for piano was founded at the beginning of the 20th century in Saint Petersburg by Theodor Leschetitzky. The principle of this technique is to use the force of gravity, achieving relaxation by bending the wrist. This increases the speed of artists and creates a wide range of sounds: from the most delicate pianissimos to the strongest fortissimos. Some well-known Russian composers were also excellent pianists, such as Rachmaninov, Scriabin and Prokofiev. I wrote six books on Russian piano technique and founded piano contests where students study and master the skills of the great traditions of the Russian piano school. Even some young Colombian pianists recently participated in their first piano games organized by Juliana Reinat Piano Studio in April this year.
What inspired you to the latest musical composition "Irish Poem" and what will they show on Saturday in Bogota?
My wife is Irish and I was very interested in Celtic music. I really like her rhythms and harmonies, and because my wife is a wonderful flutist, I wanted to write something that echoed with her origin and let her travel through the past.
For you, Colombian musical talent in classical music is at the top of the great musical representatives?
The musical talent of Colombia is a direct reflection of its rich culture. I could even say listening to younger students that there is a huge potential and the desire to acquire musical knowledge and develop pianistic skills at the highest level.
What are your preparations before this kind of concerts with young artists?
I am always excited about working with young musicians, sharing my stories and sources of inspiration. Although I wrote all these compositions, there are so many of them that I need to review to refresh my memory! I often interpret my work during masterclasses and accompany young soloists playing the second piano.
Of the compositions that will be interpreted in the sixth edition of the Symphonic Keys, is there any that requires a more complex interpretation and why?
Each song has its own characteristics: some of the songs are quite dramatic, while others require a very refined technique. Some demand more colors, while others demand introspective returns.
What advice do you give to young people who come to the piano for the first time?
Learn to listen before playing! Music has everything with sound, beautiful sound. The goal is to learn how to produce this sound and express your thoughts and feelings through music.
What should you consider to be the best pianist?
The big challenge is to become an artist, we live in a very competitive world. However, before you become a great pianist, you must strive to be a great musician!